As the UN Task Force on Climate Change Financing met for the first time in London March 31, hopes for achieving a common definition of “climate additionality" before 2012 were fading fast. Both the United States and Britain, which chairs the task force, oppose discussion in the OECD/DAC on common rules for measuring climate aid.
No new pledges of support were announced at the GAVI high-level fund-raising meeting in The Hague this month. The vaccine alliance therefore remains short USD 2.6 billion, most of which is for the purchase of pneumococcal vaccine as part of the Advance Market Commitment (AMC).
Humanitarians in Haiti report that ten weeks after the earthquake, 75 per cent of the people left homeless have received emergency shelter. But there is no progress on the planned construction of 100,000 temporary houses.
Finland’s fast-track climate funding for 2010 - set at EUR 30 million - will be taken out of the existing aid budget for this year. Next year Finnish aid will increase by EUR 92 million; and climate aid will, once again, come out of the overall aid funds.